Review: Debra Kayn has written a magnificent story about survival and finding love when you thought the chance had passed you by. ARCHER is a
wonderful introduction to the men of Beaumont Body Shop whose stories are featured in the A Hard Body Novel series. 🙂
Jane, or Janie to her loved ones, is in a very abusive relationship at the start of the book. There’s a violent encounter with her drug-dealing boyfriend which sets up the rest of the storyline, as Jane decides it’s now or never if she’s to be free of Scott once and for all.
Fast-forward three months and Jane is back in her hometown, helping out at the body shop at night because she’s afraid Scott might show up in the day and see her there.
Enter our fantastic hero, Kage Archer. He’s loved Janie for years but didn’t feel he was good enough for her in the past. Since then, she’s been in a relationship but Kane was simply biding his time, so when “the one” returns to town, he’s not about to let her slip away again.
Knowing she’s hiding something big, and having been told by his best friend and her older brother Garrett that Janie was abused by her ex, Kage sets about trying to free the woman he knows is buried beneath the shell of a personality left behind after four years of pain and suffering.
Janie may have pushed away her friends and family out of fear and shame but they’re ready and willing to help her fight for her freedom and regain her sense of self. I love the strong, funny supporting characters of Jane’s best friend, Sabrina Wilcox, and the mother figure in her life, owner of the local bar Corner Pocket, Charlene.
I’m really looking forward to Sabrina’s story in the A Hard Body Novel series. 😉
No spoilers here. Suffice it to know there’s some hot loving between Kage and Janie, after a period of adjustment on both their parts to her past and their own history. Boy, was it worth it! 🙂
Kage has a dark past of his own, with family members involved in illegal activities which have an unexpected connection to his life today. What Kane does to ensure Janie’s safety demonstrates what a selfless guy he is, who will always put the ones he loves first. ‘
Thankfully, Kage is able to get away from those who would want to draw him into a life of crime but he’ll always have to be alert.
My verdict – go buy a copy of ARCHER from your favourite retailer. You won’t regret it.
Series: A Hard Body Novel (book 1)
Author: Debra Kayn
Publisher: Forever Romance
Publication date: July 2, 2013
She’s on the run . . .
Jane Beaumont currently has in her possession: a cat, a hundred grand in cash, and a pistol. She’s on her way home to Bay City, Oregon-and away from the nightmare of her violent ex-boyfriend. She’ll lay low at Beaumont Body Shop, a car detailer that runs a private investigation agency in the back. The only wrench in her plan is Kane Archer: sexy, strong, and intent on protecting Jane at all costs. She’s wanted Mag forever, but putting him in harm’s way is not a risk she’s willing to take.
He’s not going anywhere
Kane is no stranger to the dark side of life, but he’s always walked on the right side of the law. Yet when Jane expressed her interest in him years ago, he pushed her away for her own good. Now, after learning of all she’s endured, Kane can’t leave her side-or hide his need for her. When a frightening situation turns dire, can Kane convince Jane that the safest place to be is in his arms?